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A Journey with Peacock Spiders

9 April, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm


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Our speaker tonight is Dr Mathew Hourston, who some of you may know from his YouTube channel ‘Look Closer where he films and talks about some of smaller organisms that can be found in nature, with a particular interest in our beautiful, endemic peacock spiders.

Mat describes his experiences as such:

“Over the past four years I have been on a journey with peacock spiders. Sometimes the journey has been literal and other times metaphoric; sometimes scientific and sometimes artistic or creative. I have met and developed friendships with fellow travelers during my journey where my interests have intersected with theirs. Most of all I have come to know and appreciate the tiny animals themselves, the jumping spiders of the genus Maratus. I’ve spent time with them and come to know their surprisingly diverse habits and quirks.”

Mat will be sharing some of his experiences, photos, travels and projects with Western Australia’s peacock spiders. He’ll discuss the current scientific knowledge and research directions on these species and provide some practical advice on finding some of them for yourself.

Dr Mathew Hourston is a research scientist at the Department of Fisheries Western Australia with a PhD in marine invertebrate ecology and taxonomy. Currently he works on fisheries sustainability and protected species projects. As a personal project, Mat also produces the YouTube series Look Closer, which explores unusual, endemic, often overlooked and underappreciated Australian fauna and flora. You should check it out to see our speaker in action.

All are welcome to attend, with a cash or EFTPOS donation ($3 for members, $5 for non-members) giving you a chance to win the door prize. To assist with planning, please RSVP using the confirmation button above. If you find you can’t come please RSVP again NOT COMING so we can re-issue your seat and no-one misses out.


9 April
7:30 pm-9:30 pm
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Mathew Hourston
A Journey with Peacock Spiders


“Hew Roberts”
Nedlands Lecture Theatre Clifton St.
Nedlands, 6909
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